Pleasant experience and eye opening
At sundown last night, hundreds of volunteers across seven counties here in Denver as well as across the nation hit the streets to help put together a snapshot of homelessness. This morning was my shift; we handed out food, toiletries, blankets, hats, and gloves, whatever we had. No one was required to answer the 10-minute questionnaire we had, but by doing so would help. I felt as though I should have interviewed faster as the numbers matter and that was the reason for being there but I equally wanted to hear each person's story. How do you not listen to a person who tells you personal, devastating information about their struggles when most of us will never have to endure their same hardships. Every single person is a lovely human being who is deserving of respect and understanding and at the very least an ear to hear them. The most hardest of the interactions today for me was a mother and her 4 children all under the age of 10 that slept under a bridge last night, they have been on the move trying to flee domestic violence. #AdvocacyHumanRights #ChildrenandYouth #Community #CommunityDevelopment #CrisisSupport #DisasterRelief #EmergencyandSafety #Homelessandhousing #Homelessness #Hunger #ImmigrantsRefugees #OlderAdults #PovertyBasicNeeds #Seniors #Veterans #VeteransandMilitaryFamilies
Very organized and considerate of the people we were surveying. The survey was much shorter and easier to navigate this year - however some of the questions felt repetitive. When someone said this was their first experience with homelessness and gave me the length of time, the next two questions felt repetitive.
Overall, it was a very good experience. However, I didn't know until today's training that we would use our phones to conduct the survey. My phone's battery doesn't stay charged that well and wasn't fully charged when I got to the site. We were told at training that all sites would have paper surveys available but the library did not. The library also didn't have the youth survey. I had to stop a little early because my battery died.
I also think the logic/order of the survey could be improved. If you select other for race, the "please explain" text box shows up after the Hispanic/Latino question. And it seems like the are you staying in a shelter question would logically go with the where are you sleeping tonight question.
Well organized and coordinated event.
Very well managed. A wonderful volunteer experience.
I personally met with around 10 persons who were willing to complete a survey form; and just one person who refused the form. Almost half of the people said "thank you" to me. Perhaps they recognized me (and my survey teammates) as people who were working to help. I am so very glad that I said "yes" when asked to volunteer.
Talking to people experiencing homelessness
Was very rewarding. Even if it was a brief interaction most people responded positively to another person caring about their situation .
Also I learned through their voices.... the frustration of trying to get back on your feet when you have just been released from prison,
The heartbreak of drug addiction that separates a mother from her children and leaves her homeless and other situations where young adults as well as elderly adults find their lives turned upside down by circumstances beyond their control. My compassion for people experiencing homelessness has grown exponentially from this volunteer experience.
I believe we had a great turnout. But maybe would have had better numbers if after the meal instead of during the meal.
I believe it ran really smooth and very well organized.
kinda disorganized. lots of the folks I asked about the survey had no idea it was happening. would have been nice if they'd known I wasn't there to harass them. still, things went well.